Deep Ellum IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 649
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 32.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 186 | FT: 3
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Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 01-21-2012

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden color with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Nice piney, hoppy aroma. Floral and slightly citric. Citric maltiness with and excellent transition to a moderate hoppy finish. Slightly soapy, excellent piney hoppy aftertaste. Great beer!! Very refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of EGreen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very mild on the aroma: sweet pine and mild bread. Starts malty with some citrus. Transitions to biscuit and a decent piney bitterness. The lingering bitterness is quite impressive. If I weren't so exposed to IPAs... And a bit of an IPA snob, I'd probably really love this beer. It is still a very nice beer but I don't think its exceptional.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hometown favorite I've never reviewed. Poured into a pint glass, it's an amber-colored ale with a solid half-inch thick head that persists a long time. Nose is full of resinous hop notes. The taste offers a mirror of the hops--fine bitterness, pine resin flavor, but also a solid malt backing. If there's a weakness, it's the body of the canned version is a bit watery. But it's still a great beer, and a great flagship for the brewery.

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Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another can from trip to Dallas. As pictured, poured into standard pint glass
Clear, dark amber color with off white foam. Good looking lace, nice long lasting head.
Strong hop smell as soon as it is poured. Fruit smell, grapefruit and citrus.
Taste has lots of the same fruity hop flavors, pink grapefruit, apricot, and some pine at the end. Bitter, but not acidic or too burning.
Nice balance with the malt, grain character comes through at the end.
Medium mouth feel with appropriate carbonation, dry finish.
Overall, a great example of an IPA.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served In a can. Ice Cold. Have had a few of these, from what I remember the color was acceptable, but not a category IGASA.

Smell is pure grapefruit and maybe a little metallic from the can lid. The kind of fresh and vibrant aroma I love in an IPA. I think the cans really do help to lock that profile in. Also these beers more fast in the Dallas area.

Taste is fresh grapefruit but somewhat subdued compared to the aroma. Well-balanced bitterness compliments the sweet tangy finish.

Carbonation is good with a slightly oily slick finish.

A great IPA from a small craft brewery here in Texas. Really happy to see the Texas craft scene exploding like it is.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is burnt orange and clear with an inch of dense, off-white head. The aroma brings pine, hops, some grapefruit, citrus rind. The usual suspects. Hop bitterness throughout. Lingering spice and pine notes. Hop forward but balanced with spicy grains. Solid.

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Photo of dedmiston33
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer the other night at a local spot called Juls in Tyler,Tx. Great west coast style ipa with a Texas twist smooth and refreshing! Pick it up if you can you will love it. Lots of fruits but not real bitter goes down easy. If you like Modus Hoperandi you will like this beer. Keep Drinking!!!

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Photo of brett_reid
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade, and I'm so glad. I was really impressed by the smell right away as I opened the can. It was a very clean IPA and felt really drinkable. The lacing was nice, but decreased as I continued to drink. Would definitely drink and buy again.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours burnt orange with just a bit of haze and foamy white head. Nice lacing. Smells of piney hops and citrus. Both follow through in the taste, with malt, orange and lemon. Nice bitterness hangs on the tongue. Medium mouth with a touch of carbonation. Everything seems to balance well. I always enjoy these.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From can to shaker pint.

About two-finger's of off-white and cratered-top foam. Good retention and thick lacing. Opaque caramel - honey orange body.

Sweet aromas from this IPA, also a soft nose, hard to pull anything out of the beer. There is a touch of tangelo, honey, and a caramel malt.

The palate has more of a piney, earthy, and peppery quality. The finish hits with more pine and aspirin, a crackery malt becomes noticeable as well. English IPA flavors more so than American.

Decent wallop of bitterness and slightly dry finish. Totally appropriate light-medium body and good creaminess.

Deep Ellum IPA does not do anything fancy. However, the beer drinks easily. It tastes more like an English IPA than an American hopped IPA, so that is a bit disappointing. Still, I am glad I got to try it, thanks Darthvohn!

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good bar pour head that leaves some ring and some blanket lace. Golden amber color with a bit of a haze.

Floral with grapefruit rind.

Quintessential IPA with a pale malt base and a sharp peppery hop kick in the swallow and the long aftertaste. Good, but predictable, body and carbonation. Overall, a solid IPA; very true to form.

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Photo of boogercrack
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a 12oz can, into lost abbey teku.

unknown date, not provided on can.

A: standard pour results in 1/4 to 1/2" slightly off white head, recedes nicely into a ring around the glass, with a thin film of foam remaining. light copper, deep or burnt orange hue. lacing originally present from pour, but receds as glass is consumed.

S: a little sweetness, citrus juices, mostly orange juice, a little.. grapefruit juice? slightly resiny. overall aroma is not as assertive as i assumed it would be after smelling the hops as soon as the can was cracked.

T: more bitter than the nose leads, but the resiny-ness of the smell comes through. finishes dry, but coating and sticky. lots of OJ. a little more maltiness than most ipas with this much citrus-ness, but i'm ok with that.

F: carb is appropriate, refreshing feel, alcohol is hidden.

O: dangerously crushable, especially in the texas sun. solid IPA, will be a routine purchase.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a cocktail glass in my hotel room from a 12oz can.

Pours a nice dark copper color with a dense off-white head that forms. The head has some good retention and is slightly sticky.

Aroma of sweet pine resin starts things off with some nice juicy tropical fruit notes to boast. Notes of pineapple in the nose with some nice herbal and deep grassy notes. Mild notes of citrus orange and some grapefruit. Doesn’t seem too intense but just right. Nice bready backbone with some caramel notes in the nose.

Flavor follows the nose pretty nicely. Notes of tropical fruits with nice juicy mild grapefruit and some tangerine notes from the hops. Nice grain malt notes. Bready and biscuity. There is a nice hoppy and almost rye like spice to the brew that is very nice and refreshing balancing out some of the more citrus and bitter notes. Great balanced single IPA flavor. Nice crisp mouth feel but with a slight stickiness to it on the backend. Finishes dry and bitter.

Solid IPA. Notes of malt, earthy grain and bread balance out some good IPA notes. Citrus and some notes

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can provided by gtermi

Poured into GI pint

Pour: Clear beer with a dark straw-orange color. Two fingers of frothy foam head. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Mild hop aroma in this one. More juice like with orange dominating and some pineapple. Biscuit/cracker with a note of sweetness (caramel).

Taste: Juicy IPA. Orange, pineapple, touch of grapefruit. A malt and cracker like backbone and a sweetness is present. I find there to be a nice balance between the malty sweetness and the clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a crisp clean carbonation.

Overall: This has got to be one of the easiest drinking IPA's I have had yet. Not overly bitter but yet not too sweet. Perfect balance and would be one hell of a fantastic summer drinker.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep Ellum IPA pours like a golden sunset - definitely Instagram worthy. Its striking but hazed golden-amber tones become blistered when held into the light. Its suds barely meet the minimum requirements to pass as both 'head' and 'lacing', but meet them they do.

Anyone skeptical of cans need do nothing more than smell Deep Ellum IPA. Flamboyantly floral and fruity, it has notes of mango, grapefruit and papaya as well as earthy nuances of pine serum. It even manages to strike some accord with the sweeter, toasty, toffee-like malts.

The flavour tends to change in the glass from rose-like florals to citrus to biscuity malts. It never stays in one place for too long and has other, subtler flavours (like those of baklava, honeycomb, pine and pineapple) that hide in plain sight - subtle but obvious once you spot them.

Whatever pungency the hops are responsible for, they make up for it with refreshing notes of lemon and key lime (which just so happen to pair wonderfully with the crust-like flavour of the malts). The bitterness, though fairly substantial, is not at all off-putting and has a soft, agreeable grassy texture. The beer doesn't really seem 7%.

They say 'everything is bigger in Texas' and that seems to be true too of IPAs. Deep Ellum IPA is a beer that shows great delineation for fruity and floral hoppy flavours and folds in the appropriate amount of maltiness. It is balanced but bold, drinkable but dynamic, and everything else one could ask for in a go-to IPA. A great first impression of this brewery.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A tasty IPA from Texas. Somewhat maltier and sweeter than I'm used to, but this is a fine beverage for a scorching hot day--they have them in Texas and we're having our share now in Southern California! Well crafted, easily drinkable, decent passion/tropical fruit hop notes in the aroma and flavor along with moderate bitterness. Crushed the can, easily.

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Photo of bmwats
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, dark, golden hue. Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving peaks of dry residue. Sticky spider web lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange citrus, grapefruit, and a little honey.

T: Shallow pine, lots of grapefruit, and paper.

M: Crisp, light, and bitter. Pungency lingers on the palate.

D: Can be consumed session style, but maybe a little too bitter for all that.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Great hue, really nice head, and some strong lacing. Nose is characteristic of the style, but well executed... citrus, pine, and honey. Flavor is a little shallow, but plenty of pine and grapefruit. A little paper-y. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught this one on tap at Katy Trail Icehouse in Uptown Dallas.

Pours a deep golden, hazy orange body with good lacing and a thick beige head.

Big pine nose with citrus and heavy spice, very inviting.

Heavy citrus and pine but there's also a bready malt presence with honey, followed by a clean earthy finish. Very complex and full of flavor

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and body. Very drinkable.

Having not been in Dallas too long, this is my first taste of Deep Ellum despite all I've heard of them. Very good IPA, I'm looking forward to see what else they have to offer after I have a few more of these today.

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Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a teku. Thanks Cody! Pours a hazy orange body with a finger of white foam. Really nice lacing and retention. Aroma is orange juice heavy with a dry powdery note on the finish. Bitter and very citric with just a touch of crackery malts. Taste is similar with loads of juicy oranges and a dry chalky thing that I also get in fresh Maine Lunch. Finishes with biscuity malts and a very low level of bitterness. This is a damn good IPA and I'm glad its not a huge bitter bomb. Extremely juicy with a pleasing level of malts and a powdery dry finish. Awesome!

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into stemmed beer glass

Deep golden bordering on orange with an off white/yellow head that is quite dense. The pine scent is heavy with some spice. The taste is creamy with the huge head that has solid retention. Loads of bittering hops in this. Pine mostly. Solid IPA. True NW style.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Outstanding aromas with big citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and nice strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, grass, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and moderate malt balance; and very easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into tulip

L: cloudy but not fully opaque gold with some amber in it; head is huge, over an inch of white foam that sticks hard; keeps a fantastic skin and collar of foam but doesn't lace much on the way down

S: big grapefruit ... as it warms, a little of everything shows up -- caramel, mango, pine, grass; but it's grapefruit first and foremost. pine might be second with everything else a very distant third.

T: big bitter up front with a mostly grapefruit note peeking through

F: solid, a bit watery after big pour but nothing off-putting

O: a Texas-made grapefruit bomb! I love it. It's not a sweet mangled mess of caramel like so many IPA/DIPAs. no born-on date, so i can't say for sure how fresh this one is, but hopefully I can keep getting this one in this kind of shape because it's awesome.

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Photo of OCdrummer7271
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic last time I had it but I was told that the whole crew that started it just bailed last week so it might be going downhill. Not sure if this will actually have any effect on the taste but I would try it as soon as possible just to be sure!!!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a very hazed gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing...pretty good looker here.

Nose is juicy and tropical - citra and amarillo on full display...lucky for me those are two of my favorite hop varietals. Malts are grainy, sweet, honeyed and biscuity.

Taste is nice as well. I really like the crackery malt with the tropical driven hop flavors - not quite light enough to be west coast, and not bitter enough to be third coast - lets call it gulf coast style IPA. 7% is barely noticeable, this is a really nice beer. I have heard grumblings about batch variation, but Id say they nailed this batch. I look forward to testing the batch variance theory out next time I get a chance to buy this, this sixer has been a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a bright golden orange color with a filmy off whbite head that left some lacing on the chalice. Smells of juicy citrus hops with tangerine and pineapple. It has a sweet caramel malty backbone with some grain. When you take a sip it's sweet at first followed by fruity hop flavor that is balanced between bitter and sweet followed by some bread and more hops. The brew is medium bodied with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I was pretty impressed with this brew, I heard about the brewery when they first started out and I'm glad we have a quality local product in the DFW area.

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Deep Ellum IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.